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British Transport Police has confirmed that a man has died near a Merseyside train station.

Emergency services were called to the line near Formby at 8.28pm yesterday (Thursday).

Sadly a man was pronounced dead at the scene.

READ MORE: Person hit by train near Freshfield as Merseyrail cancel and delay services

This morning British Transport Police confirmed to the ECHO that the man who died was in his 40s.

The identity of the man is not yet known but police said there are no suspicious circumstances.

Following the news of the man’s death people reacted with sadness for the victim, his family and the train driver involved.

Freshfield station in Formby
The incident happened near Freshfield station in Formby

Julian Burton said: “So sorry for the person and the family also train driver, so terribly sad.”

Susan Moore said: “So very sad thinking of their poor family. And the poor train driver.”

Kate Heath-hart wrote: “God bless the person hit by the train. My thoughts are with the family.”

Jacqui Burgess wrote: “So heart-breaking, god help this poor person and their family.”

Helplines and support groups

The following are helplines and support networks for people to talk to, mostly listed on the NHS Choices website

  • Samaritans (116 123) operates a 24-hour service available every day of the year. If you prefer to write down how you’re feeling, or if you’re worried about being overheard on the phone, you can email Samaritans at
  • CALM Campaign Against Living Miserably (0800 58 58 58) is a leading movement against suicide. It runs a UK helpline and webchat from 5pm to midnight 365 days a year for anyone who has hit a wall for any reason, who need to talk or find information and support.
  • PANDAS (0808 1961 776) runs a free helpline and offers a support service for people who may be suffering with perinatal mental illness, including prenatal (antenatal) and postnatal depression plus support for their family or network.
  • Childline (0800 1111) runs a helpline for children and young people in the UK. Calls are free and the number won’t show up on your phone bill.
  • PAPYRUS (0800 068 41 41) is an organisation supporting teenagers and young adults who are feeling suicidal.
  • Mind (0300 123 3393) is a charity providing advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.
  • Students Against Depression is a website for students who are depressed, have a low mood or are having suicidal thoughts.
  • Bullying UK is a website for both children and adults affected by bullying.
  • Amparo provides emotional and practical support for anyone who has been affected by a suicide. This includes dealing with police and coroners; helping with media enquiries; preparing for and attending an inquest and helping to access other, appropriate, local support services. Call 0330 088 9255 or visit for more details.

  • Hub of Hope is the UK’s most comprehensive national mental health support database. Download the free app, visit or text HOPE to 85258 to find relevant services near you.
  • Young Persons Advisory Service – Providing mental health and emotional wellbeing services for Liverpool’s children, young people and families. tel: 0151 707 1025 email:
  • Paul’s Place – providing free counselling and group sessions to anyone living in Merseyside who has lost a family member or friend to suicide. Tel: 0151 226 0696 or email:
  • The Martin Gallier Project – offering face to face support for individuals considering suicide and their families. Opening hours 9.30-16.30, 7 days a week. Tel: 0151 644 0294 email:

Louise Flynn said: “How sad. Thoughts for poor person hit, family, friends, and driver.”

Merle Paterson wrote: “This is happening too often, very sad. Rip.”

Benedict Bell said: “Very sad for the family and also to the train driver.”

Earlier today a spokesperson for BTP said: “Officers were called to the line near Formby at 8.28pm yesterday (Thursday 16 September) following reports of a casualty on the tracks.

“Paramedics also attended, and sadly a man in his 40s was pronounced dead at the scene.

“The incident is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.”

Rail replacement buses were in operation yesterday evening, between Hall Road and Sounthport from around 9.30pm.

Merseyrail tweeted: “Due to a person sadly being hit by a train in the Freshfield area, services on the Southport line are disrupted.

“Trains to Southport will terminate at and start back from Hall Road.

“A rail replacement bus service is in operation between Hall Road-Southport in both directions.

“If you have been affected by today’s incident you may be entitled to a refund or compensation. Please visit for further information.”

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